Now that Michael Vick has paid his debt to society for financing a dog fighting ring, he has received a partial blessing from NFL King Pin Roger Goodell, and will be allowed to sign with an NFL team immediately. While this is good news for Vick and his fan(s, if there are any?), it could be a public relations nightmare for a team in desperate need for a former three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.
With that being said, what teams out there could use Vick in a productive manner and still manage to keep the PR machine moving and the fans happy?
Option No. 1—Oakland Raiders
Al Davis is willing to spend an ungodly amount of money to bring big name talent to Oakland, no matter what the player’s past history may contain. Not to mention the Raider faithful don’t care who you are and where you came from as long as you can get the team back into the playoff race. I also understand that if the Raiders cannot sign Michael Vick, Al Davis is looking to offering Nelly a contract after seeing his blazing speed in the 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard."
Option No. 2—Cincinnati Bengals
With the quarterback health problems the Bengals have had in recent years a durable and proven quarterback might just be what the Bengals need to become competitive in the AFC North. It doesn’t hurt that Marvin Lewis has every bail bondsman in Cincinnati on speed dial.
The fans should also be able to take comfort in the fact that Michael Vick has never been accused of killing any cats.
Option No. 3—New England Patriots
With the emergence of the NFL’s latest evil empire there is no doubt that Bill Belichick would love to bring another Sith Lord into the fold to battle the rebel forces that have been building down in Miami. Soon the Wildcat will fall to the Dark Side.
Option No. 4—Detroit Lions
What a great heartfelt story this would be, a team broke and down on its luck, signs a quarterback who is broke and down on his luck, and together they revive a city that is broke and down on its luck. There could be a huge move deal here, something comparable to “Friday Night Lights."
It might even have a similar ending, the Lions coming up a yard short in the Michigan State High School Championship.
Option No. 5—Green Bay Packers
This option could work if the Packer’s are willing to fit Michael Vick with a training leash that gives him a “gentle” shock if he tried to leave the city limits. Seriously, how much trouble could he really get into in Green Bay? Although, Brett Farve is a dog lover and has power comparable to Chuck Norris.
The Michael Vick saga continues, and where it will end no one knows. The team that signs Michael Vick may have found there missing piece, which hopefully will make the fan backlash worth it.